I played around with the Duo 2 and here are my impressions:
For a double stroller that lacks pneumatic wheels, the Duo is pretty easy to push. The foam tires glide well over reasonably smooth surfaces. This is not an all terrain stroller, but is best used for regular city side walks. Unfortunately, there is no suspension on this stroller.
The tires are "quick release", so you can pop them off for storage. Valco Baby also offers the option of exchanging the foam wheels for air filled, all terrain wheels. I love that they offer this option, so that you can can pick which ever wheels suite your needs best. Of course, the pneumatic wheels will add a bit to the weight of the stroller, as well as drive up the price, but again, it's a personal choice.
The handle on the Duo is not adjustable. The height of the handle is about 41", which works for average height parents. Since I'm only 5"2, I prefer being able to adjust the handle to a lower position, but this wasn't a deal breaker for me with this particular stroller.
Snap Duo 2 is equipped with very generous, individually adjustable canopies with a mesh peek-a-boo window. The canopy can be extended to it's full size via a zipper. In the back of the canopy, right over the top of the seat, there's another mesh window which can be opened for ventilation.
The Seats are 12.5" wide, a standard size for a side by side double. The seat depth is slightly shallower than on some double strollers, but not as shallow as on the Mountain Buggy Duet. My toddler seemed comfortable in the seat, with some room to spare. The seats have a flat recline, making the stroller suitable for infants. You can also purchase a car seat adapter and use the stroller as a travel system.
The individual bumper bars with gate openings are perhaps my favorite feature on this stroller. After all, a bumper bar should be easy to open with one hand, right? That's exactly so on this stroller. I also really, really love the adjustable leg rests!
The fabric on the black version of Snap Duo was a disappointment to me. It's the squeaky type with no breathability factor, that I so detest. Don't get me wrong, it's not any worse than on Baby Jogger GT, as well as many other high-selling strollers, but I'm very particular about stroller textile quality and breathability. Luckily, Valco Baby will be releasing another version of this stroller with nicer fabrics in April 2015. The updated Snap Duo 2 (Tailormade) will be available in two colors - grey and denim. Valco Baby is also releasing an infant bassinet for the Duo2 and Duo2 Tailormade.
Denim version coming out in April 2015
For a double stroller, the fold on the Duo is dreamy! It's so simple and effortless. The stroller folds inward to protect the seat fabric and automatically locks in place. The fold is quite compact and there's a handy shoulder carrying strap. The stroller can also stand folded, or you can roll it behind you like luggage. With the exception of Baby Jogger, the Duo 2 quite possibly has the simplest, most intuitive fold I've ever seen on a double stroller.
To recap, the Snap Duo 2 is very close to perfect with just a few minor cons:
- Handlebar is not adjustable
- Currently only black color option available (more colors coming out in April)
- Quality of fabric on the Black Beauty version is not up to my standards
These cons really pale in comparison to all the PROS this stroller has to offer:
- Lightweight for a double
- Simple, compact, standing fold
- Large canopies
- Ventilation opening in the back of seat
- Flat recline
- Adjustable foot-rest
- Individual bumper bars with gate-opening
I really agonized over making a choice here, but in the end I decided to purchase another brand. The Snap Duo 2 pretty much has most of the features I've been looking for, but I couldn't live with the color and quality of fabrics. I just can't get over my aversion to black strollers. If only the lovely grey and denim was already available, this might have been my stroller of choice. Unfortunately, I couldn't wait till Spring to purchase a double, and so I went with something else. I will post a review and pictures of the stroller I ended up purchasing, shortly.